MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 50 Posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6849 times:
1988...March, 1988 I think it was...my family and I just flew from MSY to ATL on a 72S...it was an 8:00pm-ish flight, connecting to Orlando. Now we had flown Delta probably a half dozen times before that, usually headed off to MCO on one of the nonstops. This trip was a little different since we were going to change in ATL.
At the time, I was only nine years old, and I had never flown on a wide body. When we got to the departure gate in ATL for the MCO flight, I caught a brief glimpse of the tail engine on the plane, and said to myself "oh no not another 727!" Boy was I ever wrong. For it wasn't a 727 #2 engine I was looking at, it was a L-1011!
That was an amazing flight...the flight was less than half full...my dad and I sat on the two seat side...my mother and my brother sat across the aisle in the middle...and I convinced my dad to videotape the takeoff. I just kept saying over and over "we're on a Lockheed Tristar!". I was such an airplane dork back then...maybe even more so than today.
We flew back to MSY on a 72S and landed in a bad thunderstorm...but since it was a 727, it was hardly bumpy.
I miss the good old days of commercial aviation. But then again, I'm sure everyone does.
Next trip 6/12 - 6/15: MSY-SEA on AS, SEA-LAX on VX, LAX-N.O on Amtrak
DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6815 times:
I spent a lot of time on the Tristars. I really miss those planes and the way they vibrated and shook the whole way down the runway. The burgundy interior and the 1960s looking frosted glass up by the First Class galley. What a kick ass plane!
As for those 727s...you miss them now I bet. Do you remember the really ugly red, yellow, and orange interior they had on some of them? Never sure how that fit the Delta color scheme though.
"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1289 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6795 times:
As a kid, I remember the white plastic L1011's and the wings that you got when you flew. Does anyone remember the playing card deck where the Tristars were pictured on the aces? I have not seen one of those decks for a while.
Oh man I used to get a lot of those from Delta Air Cargo here in MSY. My grandpa used to own a restaurant here and he got lobsters flown in from Maine once a week via DL. Of course, I had to tag along.
Next trip 6/12 - 6/15: MSY-SEA on AS, SEA-LAX on VX, LAX-N.O on Amtrak
Cadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6763 times:
My first trip to MCO back in 1997 was on a DLX 732 oilburner . Best time ever. The whole t/o my face was stuck to the window watching BDL get smaller and smaller and smaller. I'll never forget landing in MCO either. I watched those clamshells in awe and will never forget how cool it was trying to stop that beast. That and I now know im not allowed to play with the airphone
Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
MontanaFL From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6698 times:
My dad retired from DL in 1995, so plenty of memories. Loved the L-1011 but next on the list was the DC-8. I think my last flight on a DC-8 was CLE-ATL on my way home to TPA. What I enjoyed most was F/C when I could get it. The seats were First Class and the food was outstanding. Family trip back in the early 80's flying from BOS-CVG on a 727 all 5 of us in F/C. Shrimp cocktail, great steak dinner and then sundae's for dessert and all this on what, a 2 hour flight? DL today is not the same as then, but then again no airline is hat it was back then.
DeltaGator - I agree with you on the L-1011 vibrating and shook the whole way down the runway. How about hearing the creaks, moans, etc when lowering the flaps? I also remember the "really ugly red, yellow, and orange interior..." Brings back memories.
Nonrevman - I have one of those plastic L-1011's and have no intention of ever giving it up
BHMNONREV From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1354 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6671 times:
Had my first Delta experience in Feb 1974, D9S from STL-IAH. My grandmother was going to Houston for cancer treatment at Texas Medical Center and they invited me along. My Pop (worked for TW) got some 75% off employee passes since TWA did not fly to Houston and we were able to enjoy the excellent F service (since Grandma would not be caught dead in "coach"). At that time a round-trip F class ticket from STL-IAH was around $300.00, so my Dad was able to get them for $75.00. I remember asking him at the time, why not American, because they also flew the STL-IAH route. Because I "only" get 50% off with American...lol
I remember receiving a boarding pass at the gate in STL with the old peel and stick seat numbers, thought that was kinda cool. Boarded outdoors (STL only had one jetway at the time) in the nasty St. Louis winter, snow, sleet it was an absolute mess that day. Upon our arrival at Intercontinental that evening, it was 79 degrees, and as we pulled up to one of the banjos on the southside I looked out the right hand window and got my first look at a Delta DC-10 and several other Delta aircraft. I thought I had died and went to Delta heaven.
On the return I flew unaccompanied on a 727-100 and with a 100+ MPH tail wind we made it back to STL in about an hour and 15 min.
Up to that point in my life all of my flights had been on TWA and this trip gave me a soft spot for the widget, which has remained to this day...
L1011dal From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6530 times:
The Delta L1011 will always be my favorite. The 727's were also a nice ride that I'll never forget. I remember flying on both the L1011 and 727 from MCO-MSY nonstop which is now flown by RJ's. I had the pleasure of taking both of the aircraft to Victorvile on retirement flights which was basically a 5 hour party. Lot's of photos from the flights at
Type-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4821 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6478 times:
Speaking of the DL DC-8's, I remember flying the "Super 8" MSY-ORD and ORD-FLL in First. They still had the curtains on the windows, instead of window shades. And when it spooled up for takeoff, you really knew you were going somewhere!
Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
DAL767400ER From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 5721 posts, RR: 47
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6471 times:
Quoting AAL0616 (Reply 5): Here's one for you: how about the Delta versions of C-130 Hercules all-cargo aircraft?
Actually, those weren't conversions. The L-100 were real pax planes by Lockheed based off the C-130, in an attempt to enter the civil aviation market. Didn't work too well, as only very few were sold.
As far as memories about DL go, many of them are not so clear, as I was very young during most of the trips, but I remember a few "significant" moments:
-Arriving at ATL(where else?) after a long flight from cold Hamburg, only to instantly feel the typical Southern heat upon entering the jetway - major temperature shock back then.
-Of course, I also slightly remember just how different ATL looked some 15 years ago, with small security, mostly brownish main terminal area, and seeing KLM 747s alongside LH 747s at Concourse T.
-Not so many 727 memories, except for my worst landing ever in a major crosswind while landing on rwy 27L at ATL, as well as having my first solo flight as a passenger on a 727 from IAH to JFK.
-As far as L-1011s go, got to fly them many times across the pond, primarily from BRU and FRA (large oil spill besides the plane once), only had very few domestic segments with them, one of them ATL-LAX, with an excellent view of the Grand Canyon, awesome sight.
Other than that, around 90% of all my flights with Delta were on 767s or 757s, with a 777, MD-11, MD-88, CRJ or 732 sewn in for good measure.
Xaphan From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 129 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6460 times:
My first flight on Delta was a very early morning "night coach" flight from CVG-ORD in 1962 to connect to NW to SEA. It was my first time travelling alone and I was 16 at the time. It was supposed to be a DC 6, but due to a major airline strike (which is why I was flying out of CVG instead of my native SDF), an extra section was running with a CV 880! Given the choice, I jumped at the chance to fly on the new, sleek Convair, still in its' "Golden Crown" paint scheme. I sat in the first row in coach, and was thrilled as we blasted off the runway and roared into the summer dawn sky. It took us only forty minutes to cover the distance to Chicago, coming in over Lake Michigan and the Loop. Landing hot and fast, it was a marvelous introduction to the airline that was "ready when I was".
Little could I imagine that my life would take me back to ORD and then SDF and 33 years working for Delta, but I will never forget that first, exciting flight.
MastaHanky From United States of America, joined May 2006, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6455 times:
My best memory is flying SLC-LAX on what I now believe to be an MD-11. It was for a high school competition and there were ten of us in our group. I distinctly remember there being five seats in the middle section (I imagine it was 2-5-2), and watching the flight info screen that shows your altitude and air speed. Some time during the flight, the pilot got on the mic and announced the presence of our group going to the competition which was kind of cool.
Maybe some of you olde ... I mean ... more knowledgable members can tell me what I flew. This happened sometime around 1996.
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6290 times:
In 1974 flying the DFW-SFO route in L-1011's (ah yes only 4 across seating in the middle) the morning flights had steak, eggs and champagne for breakfast. Great service for a very good airline in that time period. Just a note for the young ones here those were the days when AA was #3 at DFW.
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8406 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6279 times:
On my first trip to the USA in 1991 I flew Delta FRA-DFW then DFW-HOU. The first leg was a Tristar daylight flight and I was in business class, I remember it had nice leather seats, great food and very attentive cabin crew. I still have the amenity kit from that flight somewhere with everything in it!
The second leg DFW-HOU was on a DC-9 if I remember rightly and the captain was welcoming everyone aboard at the door!
My return flight was Lufthansa IAH-CLT-FRA and it was terrible. I was in the upper deck of a 742 and for the leg to CLT I was practically alone up there. We all got off in CLT while they refuelled then when we reboarded the upper deck was full. I'll never forget, I sat next to a travel agent named Mitzi who was on her first trip out of the USA. When she heard I was from South Africa she bombarded me with questions for ages then slept like a baby as we flew through a wild storm and turbulence while I, frequent flyer or not, didn't get a wink of sleep!
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
Sampa737 From Brazil, joined May 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6225 times:
I remember flying ATL-MEM on an L-1011 with my dad once back in the 70s.
Then there was the DC-8 we flew to Florida from Memphis.
I also remember DLs "owly bird" flights. I flew alone from Fort Lauderdale, connecting through Atlanta, and arriving in Memphis around 1:30am. Big time for a 12 year old. I picked the flight. Mom wasn't real happy picking me up that time of night. I also remember the entire "C" concourse at MEM being nothing but Delta. I think now they have 3 of the gates, the rest to NWA. They still have the check-in on "C" concourse.
Now, DL in MEM is mainly RJ's and MD88s. I still choose to fly DL over NWA anyday!